Title Graphic for Spring Vacation 2018

A full week of crafts, hands-on activities and lots of fun for all! Visitors learned about whales and the Museum by joining  a highlights tour, climbing inside an inflatable whale, getting crafty at art stations, and listening to stories of life aboard a whaleship from Museum docents. Downloadable Flyer: Spring Vacation Week Flyer (pdf)

Right Whale Day
Monday, April 16th

10 am – 2 pm
Learn to eat, see, and hear like a Right Whale
Enjoy fun learning activities for kids and adults that focus on fostering greater awareness and appreciation of the endangered North Atlantic Right Whale.
View the complete Right Whale Day schedule here.

Right Whale Day is completely FREE for New Bedford Residents, Whaling Museum members, and free with admission for families outside of New Bedford.
Children must be accompanied by an adult.


Spring Vacation Week Activities
Tuesday, April 17 – Friday, April 20

FREE for Whaling Museum members and with regular Museum Admission

10 am – 12 pm
Inflatable Whale
Climb inside a life-sized inflatable whale.

10 am – 2 pm
Kids’ Crafts and Activities
Learn how to feed our friendly squid, Sam, create logbooks to take home, and learn about Right Whales.

11 am AND 1 pm
Museum Highlights Tours
Tour the Museum with a docent to hear stories of New Bedford’s role in U.S. history, and see some of our most historically significant artifacts and visitor favorites.

Tuesday, April 17 only

2 pm
Curator Tour
Join a Museum curator for a 45-minute tour through exhibition galleries

three kids above deck in discovery center
Thursday, April 19 only

12:30 pm – 1 pm
To Catch a Whale
Join docents as they share stories of life leading up to and aboard a whaleship. How did crew sign on to a voyage? What did they get paid? What did captains promise their crew?

2 pm
Curator Tour
Join a Museum curator for a 45-minute tour through exhibition galleries.

kids on the Lagoda

Friday, April 20 only

10:30 am
All Aboard the Lagoda
Join the crew of Captain C. Weade on board the largest model whaleship in the world – the Lagoda – for an adventure on the high seas! Travel the world, interact with new cultures, learn the ropes of a whaleship, and go a-whaling.


new bedford kids cafe banner

1 pm – 3 pm
Here Fishie Fishie!

Learn about old and new ways of catching and counting fish.
FREE for everyone.
Click here for more information about Here Fishie Fishie!


Spring Vacation Week is supported by Per Moen and Joan Dolian, and by a grant from the New Bedford Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Massachusetts Cultural Council logo